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Stories of survival: Tales of extreme struggle continue to captivate

As a child, Laurence Gonzalez cut his teeth on the survival stories of his father.

May 08, 2015 | Tiffany Gee Lewis Deseret Media Companies | Hot Topics


Wiring your brain for happiness

Springtime always brings a lift to our spirits, but if that isn’t enough to drag you out of the doldrums, keep reading. Even if you’re over-the-moon happy it may be worth your while, since we can never have too much happiness.

May 07, 2015 | Sherry Young Deseret News | Hot Topics


Top 10 cities for selfie-takers

“First, let me take a selfie.”

May 04, 2015 | Tyler Stahle Deseret News | Hot Topics


Book review: 'Natural Born Heroes' is a fast-paced, enlightening tale of everyday heroes

"NATURAL BORN HEROES: How a Daring Band of Misfits Mastered the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance," by Christopher McDougall, Alfred A. Knopf, $26.95, 352 pages (nf)

May 04, 2015 | Scott Livingston Deseret News | Hot Topics


7-year-old boy discovers ‘platypus’ of dinosaurs

BIRMINGHAM, England — A recently discovered dinosaur appears to be an “evolutionary jigsaw puzzle,” researchers said.

April 29, 2015 | Natalie Crofts KSL | Hot Topics


Cold War-era bunkers give visitors a glimpse back in time

Travel back in time to the iciest days of the Cold War. Elementary school students are watching “duck and cover” public service films in their classrooms and air raid siren tests pierce the Saturday morning quiet every week. Fallout shelter symbols are posted in every neighborhood.

April 27, 2015 | Michael Schuman Deseret News | Hot Topics


Book review: 'Terminal' is a stunning conclusion to Virals series about wolf-enhanced teens

"TERMINAL: A Virals Novel," by Kathy Reichs and Brendan Reichs, G.P. Putnam's Sons, $16.99, 432 pages (ages 14 and up)

April 27, 2015 | Mike Whitmer Deseret News | Hot Topics


5 signs it is time to remodel your home

There are many factors that might motivate a person to take on the challenge of remodeling a home. Some homeowners may have a specific event that finally pushes them over the edge to remodel (such as the last child leaving for college), while others may just feel it is finally time to execute the dream.

April 25, 2015 | Annie Schwemmer and Ann Robinson Deseret News | Hot Topics


‘Celestial fireworks’ to celebrate Hubble’s 25th birthday

GREENBELT, Md. — For 25 years, the Hubble Space Telescope has been sending captivating images of the universe back to Earth.

April 25, 2015 | Natalie Crofts KSL | Hot Topics


Naming Pluto's craters and mountains, it's your call

PLUTO — Now is your chance to help name part of Pluto and its companion Charon.

April 23, 2015 | Natalie Crofts KSL | Hot Topics


Average teen to spend $324 on ‘promposals’ this year

FOSTER CITY, Calif. — Two tickets to Disneyland. A sunset sail. A three-course gourmet meal. A roundtrip flight from your hometown to New York City.

April 23, 2015 | Jessica Ivins KSL | Hot Topics


Kibananberry Pie is a luscious strawberry treat

One of the undeniable signs of spring is when strawberries return to the market shelves. Strawberries are not only beautiful, but also a healthy addition to the dinner table. They are high in potassium, vitamin C, folate, antioxidants and fiber, and research suggests consuming strawberries can help to combat depression, stroke and high blood pressure, according to medicalnewstoday.com. They're particularly fantastic for pregnant women, who often need additional folate in their diet, and an easy treat for children of all ages.

April 22, 2015 | Jana Stocks Brown Deseret News | Hot Topics


New species of frog found looks just like Kermit

COSTA RICA — A recently discovered species’ resemblance to the Kermit the Frog has caught the Internet’s attention.

April 22, 2015 | Natalie Crofts KSL | Hot Topics


‘Zombie worms’ feasted on ancient bones, study says

PLYMOUTH, England — A bone-eating worm is responsible for the lack of prehistoric marine fossils, according to a new study.

April 20, 2015 | Natalie Crofts KSL | Hot Topics


These days, you really can watch something else for your entertainment

My wife and I schlepped five kids from Salt Lake City to Washington, D.C., and getting here required five hours of air travel, and we hoped to relieve the tedium some by watching an in-flight movie. But there were no in-flight movies — at least, not in the way I remember them.

April 19, 2015 | Jim Bennett Deseret News | Hot Topics


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How soggy basement carpet changed 2 lives for the better

Most people think about a home remodel for years before they actually do anything about it. What makes someone take the first step to turn the dream into a reality is different for everyone. For Gayla Black and Teresa Frost, it was a flooded basement that finally did the trick.

May 30, 2015 | Annie Schwemmer and Ann Robinson Deseret News | Hot Topics


‘Stellar exodus’ caught on camera for 1st time

BRITISH COLUMBIA, Canada — For the first time, white dwarf stars have been photographed during the beginning stages of their 40-million-year migration, according to astronomers.

May 25, 2015 | Natalie Crofts KSL | Hot Topics


5 benefits of not having a smartphone

A few months ago I finally joined the world of smartphone users. I had become the family phone recycler — taking ownership of old phones when others decided to upgrade. And though I cannot say that I wasn’t excited to trash my old duct-taped, recycled phone, there are a few things I miss about its simplicity.

May 23, 2015 | Danielle Longhurst FamilyShare | Hot Topics


Top remodeling projects that impact appraisals

Last week we started our discussion about home remodeling to positively impact home values and appraisals. We discussed how an appraiser and the bank look at the nuts and bolts of your house and how potential buyers look at your house by the feel, function and finishes. A successful remodeling project requires careful planning to find the perfect balance to appeal to both audiences.

May 23, 2015 | Annie Schwemmer and Ann Robinson Deseret News | Hot Topics


What is in the painting?

There is a painting hanging on the wall of the non-denominational chapel at the juvenile jail. Al Rounds is the painter. It hangs above and behind the piano. How long it has held that spot on the wall is unknown to any of the current volunteers.

May 20, 2015 | Joseph Cramer, MD Deseret News | Hot Topics


Book review: 'Epitaph' examines the gunfight at the O.K. Corral

"EPITAPH: A Novel of the O.K. Corral," by Mary Doria Russell, Ecco, $27.99, 581 pages (f)

May 18, 2015 | Kent Larson Deseret News | Hot Topics


My best friend has never said a word to me

I’ve known Daisy for five years, and she has taught me lessons about loyalty, happiness, friendship and love that I’ll never forget.

May 18, 2015 | Steven Hummer FamilyShare | Hot Topics


How to make remodeling a smart investment

Many people think that the main job of an architect is to make a house look good. While that is certainly one goal of a residential remodeling project, there are others of equal or even greater importance. The way a house flows and circulates is critical to how it feels and functions. How a house functions determines the ultimate success of a project. As the old adage says, “Pretty is as pretty does.”

May 16, 2015 | Annie Schwemmer and Ann Robinson Deseret News | Hot Topics


First warm-blooded fish identified by researchers

LA JOLLA, Calif. — Despite living deep in cold water, the opah can keep itself warm.

May 16, 2015 | Natalie Crofts KSL | Hot Topics


Scientists grow dinosaur snouts on chickens

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut — In a move that sounds like it came straight out of “Jurassic Park”, scientists recently transformed chicken beaks into dinosaur-like snouts.

May 14, 2015 | Natalie Crofts KSL | Hot Topics


5 ways to make your mornings rock

If your mornings are at all similar to mine, they look a little something like this: ensuring the kids wake up on time, getting dressed, making sure the dog gets fed and let out, making breakfast and lunch (bonus points if it's nutritional), convincing the 3-year-old to actually eat breakfast, and then brushing, braiding, combing and curling hair, locating homework, back-packs, socks and shoes, then sending kids off with a prayer and a peck on the cheek -- all before 8:15 a.m.

May 12, 2015 | Becky Squire FamilyShare | Hot Topics


Why I could do without Mother's Day

First and foremost, this article is not about motherhood, it’s about Mother’s Day.

May 10, 2015 | Kelly Smurthwaite-Schumacher KSL | Hot Topics


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